THE Jersey Flegg Sharks are now just one win away from a Grand Final appearance after defeating the Wests Magpies in their first round finals match on Saturday at Toyota Park.
THE Counties-Manukau Jetz will have a size advantage in the Bartercard Cup rugby league preliminary final on Sunday, and Mt Albert will have to play smart footy rather than physical to win it.
WALES, champions in the Amateur Four Nations in each of the last three years, came to the Brewery Field defending a proud record. And just as in each if the previous final-day encounters, at Cheltenham, Aberavon and Coventry, this year's match up between Wales and England proved to be a thriller.
THE Canberra Raiders defeated Newtown by 24-20 in the absorbing VB Premier League qualifying semi-final played at Seiffert Oval on Saturday. The Jets had led by 20-14 with only three minutes of the match remaining, but a sensational Canberra try which was converted from wide out sent the game into golden-point extra time. The Raiders scored first in the extra time period to win this enthralling contest and to maintain the Canberra club?s unbeaten record against Newtown at the Queanbeyan ground.
THE Sydney Roosters? Premier League side has staked an unmistakable claim on defending their premiership after annihilating the Bulldogs 67-6 at WIN Stadium with their biggest win of the year this afternoon.
FOLLOWING a meeting of the Rugby Football League?s Video Review Panel in Leeds, Barrie McDermott of Leeds Rhinos and Terry Newton of Wigan Warriors have been referred to Tuesday?s meeting of the Disciplinary Committee.
AUSTRALIAN superstar Andrew Johns was the toast of Warrington after playing a key role in a crucial 33-16 victory over reigning Super League champions Leeds.
SALFORD down London
SAINTS clinch top spot
WIDNES and Leigh announce squads
INJURED Kiwis and Bulldogs star Sonny Bill Williams has been implicated in the latest calamity to beset his controversial National Rugby League outfit - an early morning rampage through the club's headquarters
MELBOURNE Storm players Robbie Kearns and Dennis Scott will be in the Hyperbaric Chamber at Vaucluse Hyperbaric this afternoon in an effort to accelerate the recovery of their shoulder injuries. Both players are hopeful of playing in the semi final clash against the Cowboys on Saturday night.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have today taken steps to discipline and educate Wes Naiqama after he was last night pulled over by police for driving without a license.
FINALS Week One, 9-11 September 2005
Week one of the 2005 NRL Finals series kicked off in spectacular style with the Wests Tigers blowing away the Cowboys to the tune of 50-6 at Telstra Stadium. The result had statisticians looking back over 60 years through the record books for a bigger semi-final thrashing. Brett Hodgson was the talk of the town with a record-breaking personal tally of 30 points, the most scored by a player in NRL finals history. Hodgson bagged a hat trick of tries and kicked nine goals from nine attempts, breaking his own club record for points scored in a match.
Finals 2005 - Week 1
Parramatta Eels 46 v Manly Sea Eagles 22
The Parramatta Eels have defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 46-22 at Parramatta Stadium this afternoon. The loss means Manly?s finals campaign has ended, and the Parramatta side have earned themselves a week?s rest.